Suspected Detroit Serial Killer Bound Over For Trial In Woman's Rape, Attempted Murder [VIDEO]

July 16, 2019 - 12:06 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit man who police say is suspected in the deaths of three women has been bound over for trial on sexual assault charges in a separate case.

Deangelo Martin, 34, appeared in court Tuesday and was ordered to stand trial on four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a single count of assault with intent to murder in connection with an attack on a 26-year-old woman on May 7. 

The victim provided gripping testimony, telling the court Martin introduced himself as Ameer Abdullah when she first met him at a drug house where she had been staying for about a week. She decided to follow him back to his house and said she was sleeping on a mattress in the basement when she felt a sharp pain in her neck and woke up to Martin stabbing her. She pulled the knife out of her neck and at that point, she says she was raped.

The woman managed to use the knife to stab Martin in the eye, then escaped and called 911 for help.

Martin hasn't been charged with the killings but is considered a person of interest. Detroit Police Chief James Craig has said he sees similarities between the three slayings and assaults of at least two women. Bodies were found in vacant houses and investigators are looking at more cases. Craig said it seems a single suspect has been targeting prostitutes, luring them into abandoned dwellings and killing them.

The first victim, identified as 52-year old Nancy Harrison, was found March 19 in an abandoned house on Coventry near I-75. A second woman, identified as 53-year old Travesene Ellis, was found May 24 in a home on Linnhurst near Schoenherr Road. The third victim, 55-year-old Tamara Jones, was found June 5 in a house on Mack near Mt. Elliot. 

The 26-year-old in the May 7 case, as well as an additional victim, the chief said, survived attacks. 

Police are also investigating whether a missing Ferndale woman could be one of the serial killer's victims. Martin was the last person seen with Deborah Reynolds, 64, before she was reported missing. 

Martin is due back in court for a preliminary exam on July 23. 

Anyone with information about this case should call Detroit Police Homicide at 313-596-2260 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587).